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XThe best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!


Psyko, 2018. New Copy
It's been way too long since we last heard a full length set from Sy Smith – but it's certainly been worth the wait – because she's stronger than ever, and very much at the top her game – if not the whole world of soul music in general! Sy's always been a hell of a singer – ... CD
Face Your Fear
Anti, 2017. New Copy Gatefold
The cover looks a lot like a vintage soul album from the 70s – and the whole thing sounds a lot like one too – as the vocals of Curtis Harding are maybe even more wonderful here than on his debut album, and set up with these majestic grooves that are completely outta sight! The record ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy CD & DVD
Really great work from this up-and-coming combo – a group who seems like they can spin together neo soul and hip hop better than most of the rest – and who also make great use of some live jazzy instrumentation as well! The set compiles live performances done around the midwest in ... CD
Velvet Portraits
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic ... CD
Lioness
K Avett, 2018. New Copy
A great soul singer, and one with a very positive vibe – a sound that maybe grabs us the same way we felt when we first heard Jill Scott – and that's saying a heck of a lot! As you might guess from the title, K Avett's a singer who's not to be taken lightly – yet while her ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy
A sweet little set that definitely offers up another page of Incognito – as the Japanese-only collection mixes a few older tracks with more recent numbers we haven't seen on other albums! Bluey and the group are as fantastic as ever – and in a way, these later mature tracks almost have ... CD
Spangle Lang Lane
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy
There's a trippy-looking Muppet on the cover, and that gives you part of a feeling of the album – but just a sliver, because the overall sound here is a lot more complex! The album's a masterpiece from west coast arranger Ryan Porter – a mix of deeper jazz with bits of soul and hip hop ... CD
RCA, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Quin, J Cole, Travis Scott, and Salaam Remi – on titles that include "Sky Walker", "Criminal", "Pineapple Skies", "Banana Clip", "Wolf", "Harem", "Come Through & Chill", "C ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ventriloquism
Naive (France), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic project from the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello – one that has her taking on the tunes of others, hence the title of the album – but completely transforming them with her own unique approach to bass and vocals! Most of the numbers won't be recognized at the start, as the ... CD
Dirty Computer
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy
Janelle Monae knocks it out of the park here – sounding every bit as great as before, but also hitting this righteous mode that really takes the singer to incredible new territory! If you loved Janelle's previous records, don't worry – she's still as catchy and playful as ever – ... CD
Glydezone, 2009/2018. New Copy (pic cover)
A prime rarity from the Dam-Funk archives – showing his mastery of easygoing boogie funk era-inspired instrumentals was in near peak form even on what was originally issued as a tour-only CD-R! Recorded around the time of his seminal synth soul opus Toeachizown for Stones Throw, these 4 jams ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nu Soul Nation
Kissing Fish (Japan), 2018. New Copy
T-Groove has given us some great music in the past, but he really blows us away here – as he works with Two Jazz Project on a much warmer version of some of his classic clubby modes – this wonderfully deep sound that has plenty of room for guests who include Enois Scroggins, Brae Leni, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 2018. New Copy
Tarriona Ball's at the top of the mix on most numbers here – lending her fantastic mix of sung and spoken vocals to the sharp-edged grooves from the rest of the band! The combo is from New Orleans, but there's also a strong voice here that reminds us of the best recent work from LA – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chris Dave & The Drumhedz
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Funky drums and a whole lot more – a crackling Blue Note album from Chris Dave & The Drumhedz – maybe one of the few on the label to ever carry a parental advisory sticker! The sticker's well-placed, though – as Chris doesn't just drum, but also opens the door for a host of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol 1
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic project from keyboardist Terrace Martin – very much in the same spirit as his excellent Velvet Portraits record, but even more collaborative overall – and, given the title, a wonderful expression of the new wave of soul that's been brewing up on the west coast! Martin's ... CD
Free Of Form
Stretch/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
Boldly soaring work from singer Sarah Elizabeth Charles – a set that features some trumpet and production from Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah – and which has a similar genre-busting quality as his own recent work! The music here is definitely soul, but it's also really reaching beyond ... CD
Good Thing
Columbia, 2018. New Copy
A soaring set from Leon Bridges – a full length second album that's every bit as classic as his debut, but in a completely different way! Where Coming Home was maybe Leon's answer to the generation of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, Good Thing is more of a nod to the era of Maxwell and D'Angelo ... CD
Interscope, 2018. New Copy
Great live work from Michael Kiwanuka – most of it performed in larger concert venues, with this majestic power that comes from the singer's incredible vocals! Many of these tracks have a classic soul approach in the instrumentation, but an execution that's fresh and contemporary – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Saint, 2016. New Copy 2LP
The album that finally made the world sit up and notice that Solange is a completely great artist on her own – and hardly needs to ever be spoken of in terms that involve her sister! The set's got a vibe that's as personal and put out there as Solange's image on the cover – music that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yes Lawd! Remixes
Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy
A ridiculously solid companion piece to Anderson.Paak & Knxwldge's instant classic Yes Lawd! – more of an alternate version than it is a mere remix record! Whereas a standard remix album would have a bunch of producers of varying fame and acclaim remix/re-do standout album tracks in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Yep Roc, 2018. New Copy
A great combination of contemporary soul talents – the blue-eyed soul vocals of Eli Reed and the horn-heavy rhythms of the High & Mighty Brass Band! The setting's a nice one for Eli, and has a rootsy feel that you don't get on some of his other records – and in addition to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Baduizm
MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A landmark debut from the mighty Erykah Badu – a record that really set the world on fire when it first appeared – and which continues to blow our minds all these many years later! There's a simple, straightforward grace to the album that comes through immediately – as Erykah ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wax Poetics, 2018. New Copy
A nice little allstar remix EP of tracks by indie soul/pop/hip hop hybridizers Bones & Beeker – with mixes by Cut Chemist, ZuluZuluu, Open Mike Eagle, and the J-Zone/Sacha Jenkins/Prince Paul supergroup Superblack! Includes Cut Chemist's remix of "World Behind", "Each Time ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sidewalk Chalk, 2018. New Copy 2LP
Soaring hip hop soul from Chicago! An Orchid Is Born finds the group confidently covering a lotta territory in a great batch of songs that roll from timeless live band hip hop to jazzy soul, and the pair of lead vocalists – Maggie Vale and Rico Sisney – bring both lyrical and stylistic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Language
Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy
Starchild here sings with a group called New Romantic – a really great name, given the 80s vibe of the set! Yet the music isn't the soft electro pop of the UK new romantics – as the groove here is more funky soul, but with a slightly sexy vibe – almost in the legacy of some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Language
Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy
Starchild here sings with a group called New Romantic – a really great name, given the 80s vibe of the set! Yet the music isn't the soft electro pop of the UK new romantics – as the groove here is more funky soul, but with a slightly sexy vibe – almost in the legacy of some of ... CD
Eddie Romero
Sulu & Excelsior, 2018. New Copy
Eddie Romero's the name of the album, not the artist – a fantastic debut from the duo of Sulu & Excelsior, who have this really unique way of blending together old soul modes with a contemporary hip hop crackle! There's a sweet soul vocal style to many of the lyrics – in keeping ... CD
Spangle Lang Lane
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2018. New Copy
There's a trippy-looking Muppet on the cover, and that gives you part of a feeling of the album – but just a sliver, because the overall sound here is a lot more complex! The album's a masterpiece from west coast arranger Ryan Porter – a mix of deeper jazz with bits of soul and hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy 3CD
Fantastic soul from the contemporary scene – most of it by British and American artists who work in the soul underground – hand-picked by the always-trusted ears of Expansion Records! As you might know, the label also reissues lots of classic soul from the 70s – and we'd ... CD
Confidence.Truth
Flatline Collective, 2018. New Copy
A lofty batch of modern pop soul from Ruth Koleva – a Bulgarian singer with the soaring voice and the kind of universally appealing approach that ought to make her a worldwide star! The production is breezily modern, with crisp beats and spacey keys, built for the kind of beaming, yet ... CD
Black Messiah
RCA, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... LP, Vinyl record album
Face Your Fear
Anti, 2017. New Copy
The cover looks a lot like a vintage soul album from the 70s – and the whole thing sounds a lot like one too – as the vocals of Curtis Harding are maybe even more wonderful here than on his debut album, and set up with these majestic grooves that are completely outta sight! The record ... CD
Back To Black
Universal, 2006. New Copy
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than ... LP, Vinyl record album
Siren
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful ... CD
Large Music, 1996. New Copy
Peven Everett's breakout track! Though this single is credited to and really belongs to new school Chicago producer Roy Davis, Jr, it's most well known around these parts as the first record that Peven really got a chance to shine on, with his soulful vocals nicely adding icing to the sweet, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Glydezone, 2017. New Copy
Two tracks of funky soul, both served up with a sweet 80s-styled groove – in a perfect pairing of the talents of Ekkah and Dam Funk! There's lots of bottom bass pedal lines on "What's Up" – which creates a percolating funky vibe that's topped with lyrics that just lay into ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Yes Lawd!
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with ... CD
Playlist, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic album from The Playlist – a group that features Jazzy Jeff as the executive producer, and which features an all-star lineup that includes vocals from Glenn Lewis, Rich Medina, Eric Roberson, Musinah, and Jeff himself – alongside instrumentation from Kaidi Tatham on flute and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Likely, 2018. New Copy
Fantastic future soul from Bigyuki – an artist who's got a really far-reaching vision for his music – even though his sound is very stripped down overall! The music here is almost a science fiction take on contemporary soul – with these really wonderful, almost sinister keyboards ... CD
Icaros
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy
Warm waves of soul from Noya Rao – a jazzy quartet who make their lead female vocals blend perfectly with their keyboards! The approach is simple and unadorned – really beautiful keys from Tom Henry, who seems to be playing Fender Rhodes on many tracks – and these lyrics from ... CD
Sha's Archive
Zosar (Canada), 2018. New Copy
Sharon Musgrave waited a number of years between records, but that time really seems to be well-spent – as the singer comes across here with a mature, focused sound that's even deeper than the last time around! The groove is mostly mellow – never too forced, and with just the right ... CD
Outflow
Zosar (Canada), 2010. New Copy
Far reaching soul from Sharon Musgrave – mix of jazzy and smoothed out soul, strong spoken word moments, and more straight forward, quite solid modern soul – and she pulls it all together beautifully! A unique mix of modes with fairly richly detailed live instrumentation from jazzy ... CD
Jump World (Japan), 2018. New Copy
A set that really lives up to its cover – as the music here is a very galactic take on contemporary soul – grounded by excellent vocals from Tea, but served up with lots of cool cosmic elements in the music! Things are nice and warm throughout – that version of space first ... CD
Molly Tentarelli
Atlanta/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
Molly Tentarelli is quite a soulful singer – one who definitely lives up to her placement on the Atlanta label – as she reminds us of some of the great recent soul talents we've heard from that city! There's a nicely organic quality to the instrumentation here – a real band, with ... CD
Arise
Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy
Zara McFarlane is looking a lot more righteous on the cover of this one – and the sound is a lot more righteous too, as you might guess from the title! Zara's vocals have always been a tremendous instrument of power, but this time around she's directing them towards a great sense of social ... CD
Cold Heart
Verve, 2018. New Copy
Thirdstory first came to the attention of most via social media and a big nod from Chance The Rapper – but their music alone is more than enough of a calling card – as the strength of this debut set will likely have the trio going strong for years to come! The mode here is a mix of ... CD
Take Me Apart
Warp, 2017. New Copy
The stunning debut of Kelela – a singer who's been bubbling under for so long, she bursts out strongly right from the very first note! Kelela's ready to take on both the indie underground and the mainstream with this set – as the album's got a depth to rival some of the most compelling ... CD
Pacific Coast Jazz, 2017. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.99
Great sounds from Sol – an artist with a warm glow right from the start, but also a nice sense of crispness that really personalizes his lyrics! Sol's got an approach here that almost feels like gospel – especially given his vocal range, and his positive energy – but the music is ... CD
Feel
Rexamillon/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
RC Williams really outdoes himself here – moving The Gritz way past their previous role as the backing band for Erkyah Badu – and finding their own wonderfully strong sense of soul! The groove is fantastic right from the start – funky, but very fresh in approach – with lots ... CD
BBE (UK), 2017. New Copy
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the music is so upbeat and positive, it's certainly got a feel good agenda! Mike City does a wonderful job of mixing clubby rhythms with deeper soul currents – getting help from an amazing array of guests talents along the way – ... CD
 
Updated May 26, 2018


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